HSBC October Preliminary China Manufacturing PMI Rises to 50.4

TODAY: Oct. 23, 2014 PUB DATE: Oct. 23, 2014

By Richard Silk BEIJING--A closely-watched gauge of activity in China's manufacturing sector rose in October, after holding steady at a three-month low in September, a result which may go some way to ease concerns over the pace of Chinese economic ...

ASIA MARKETS: Asian Stocks Pull Back After China Manufacturing Data

TODAY: Oct. 23, 2014 PUB DATE: Oct. 23, 2014

By Chao Deng Stocks in Japan and China slipped Thursday as investors assessed the latest read on Chinese manufacturing activity. The Hang Seng Index fell 0.3% to 23,333.18 and the Shanghai Composite lost 1% to 2,302.42 after HSBC's preliminary report ...

MARKET SNAPSHOT: U.S. Stocks: Futures Climb; 3M, GM Results On Tap

TODAY: Oct. 23, 2014 PUB DATE: Oct. 23, 2014

By Carla Mozee, MarketWatch LONDON (MarketWatch) -- Wall Street was looking at a higher open on Thursday, with U.S. stock futures strengthening after key eurozone data came in better than anticipated. The deluge of corporate results will continue, with industrial ...

U.S. Jobless Claims Rise to 283,000

TODAY: Oct. 23, 2014 PUB DATE: Oct. 23, 2014

WASHINGTON-The number of new claims for jobless benefits rose last week but remained near fourteen-year lows, the latest sign of an improving labor market. Initial claims for unemployment benefits increased by 17,000 to a seasonally adjusted 283,000 in the week ...

UK Car Production Sees Biggest Nine-Month Rise in Six Years -SMMT

TODAY: Oct. 23, 2014 PUB DATE: Oct. 23, 2014

(This article was originally published at 2301 GMT Wednesday, Oct. 22) By Ian Walker LONDON--U.K. car manufacturing has recorded its biggest nine-month rise in six years, boosted by the launch of new models and a recovering market in Europe, despite ...

Brazil September Unemployment Rate 4.9% From 5.0% In Aug.-IBGE-

TODAY: Oct. 23, 2014 PUB DATE: Oct. 23, 2014

By Rogerio Jelmayer SAO PAULO--Brazil's unemployment rate dropped slightly in September, providing more fuel for reelection campaign of incumbent President Dilma Rousseff. Joblessness in six major metropolitan areas dropped to 4.9% of the workforce last month, down from 5% in ...

Chicago National Activity Index Swings to Above-Average Growth

TODAY: Oct. 23, 2014 PUB DATE: Oct. 23, 2014

By Paul Rekoff A snapshot of the U.S. economic landscape points to above-average growth last month. The Chicago Fed National Activity Index rose to +0.47 in September from August's -0.25, signaling economic activity above historic trends. The three-month moving average, ...

Oil Futures Subdued as China Data Fails to Lift Market

TODAY: Oct. 23, 2014 PUB DATE: Oct. 23, 2014

By Eric Yep Crude-oil futures were in negative territory in Asian hours Thursday as a positive reading of Chinese manufacturing for October failed to prop up oil prices, or offset the impact of a large build-up in U.S. oil inventories. ...

New Zealand Annual Inflation At Bottom of Central Bank Target Range

TODAY: Oct. 23, 2014 PUB DATE: Oct. 23, 2014

By Lucy Craymer WELLINGTON, New Zealand--New Zealand annual inflation slowed further in the third quarter, leaving it at the bottom of the central bank's target range and increasing the likelihood the central bank will leave rates on hold for longer. ...

Swedish Budget Leans to the Left

TODAY: Oct. 23, 2014 PUB DATE: Oct. 23, 2014

STOCKHOLM--Sweden's new finance minister on Thursday presented a proposed budget with a clear leaning to the left, signaling an intention to increase some taxes and raise spending on job creation programs, welfare and schools. Social Democrat Magdalena Andersson, whose center-left ...

The number of employed persons continues to increase

TODAY: Oct. 23, 2014 PUB DATE: Oct. 23, 2014

Statistical news from Statistics Sweden 2014-10-23 9:30 AM Nr 2014:508 Labour Force Survey (LFS), September 2014: The number of employed persons continues to increase In September 2014, 4 809 000 persons aged 15-74 were employed, not seasonally adjusted. This is ...

EU Commission asks Italy for Additional Information on 2015 Budget

TODAY: Oct. 23, 2014 PUB DATE: Oct. 23, 2014

By Giada Zampano ROME--The European Commission asked Rome on Thursday for additional information on its 2015 budget, saying it plans a "significant deviation" from EU fiscal rules. Italy last week unveiled an expansive budget that was nevertheless in line with ...

Canada Job Insurance Claims Declined 2.8% in August from July

TODAY: Oct. 23, 2014 PUB DATE: Oct. 23, 2014

By Don Curren OTTAWA--The number of initial and renewal claims for unemployment insurance benefits in Canada fell 2.8% to a seasonally adjusted 224,000 in August from July, Statistics Canada said Thursday. On a 12-month basis, claims declined 1.1.% The federal ...

HKEx, LME Sign Preliminary Agreement with China Merchants Group

TODAY: Oct. 23, 2014 PUB DATE: Oct. 23, 2014

By Matthew Cowley LONDON--Hong Kong Exchanges & Clearing Ltd. (0388.HK) and its U.K. unit, the London Metal Exchange, have signed a preliminary agreement with China Merchants Group Ltd. to explore business opportunities in Asia, the companies said Thursday. The memorandum ...

California Toll Road Sells $1.4 Billion in Bonds -- Update

TODAY: Oct. 23, 2014 PUB DATE: Oct. 23, 2014

By Aaron Kuriloff The operator of a struggling toll road in southern California sold about $1.4 billion in bonds on Wednesday, capitalizing on a broad decline in yields that has whetted investors' appetite for riskier bets. It is the second ...

Soft New Zealand Inflation Data Push Out Rate Rise Expectations

TODAY: Oct. 23, 2014 PUB DATE: Oct. 23, 2014

By Lucy Craymer WELLINGTON, New Zealand--Soft inflation data for the third quarter have increased the likelihood that New Zealand's central bank will keep rates on hold for longer, potentially delaying a next rate rise until the end of 2015. Annual ...